|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Dixon||Illinois 61021||5 miles|
|Ogle County Sheriff's Office||Oregon||Illinois 61061||13 miles|
|Whiteside County Sheriff's Office||Morrison||Illinois 61270||23 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Mount Carroll||Illinois 61053||26 miles|
|Stephenson County Sheriff's Office||Freeport||Illinois 61032||28 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Iowa 52732||33 miles|
|Winnebago County Sheriff's Office||Rockford||Illinois 61101||34 miles|
|Bureau County Sheriff's Office||Princeton||Illinois 61356||37 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Belvidere||Illinois 61008||44 miles|
|Dekalb County Sheriff's Office||Sycamore||Illinois 60178||44 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Hennepin||Illinois 61327||46 miles|
A sheriff is an elected law enforcement official who serves a specific county. Many of the responsibilities of the sheriff overlap with those of local police departments. The biggest difference is that a sheriff has jurisdiction over the entire county, while police departments can only enforce laws within city limits.
While sheriffs share law enforcement duties with city police officers, their degree of responsibility varies by jurisdiction. Municipalities with limited resources often contract law enforcement services to the sheriff, especially for complex crimes where they may not be equipped to conduct a detailed investigation.
Sheriffs tend to be more involved in cases where a suspect operates across city lines. Since they have the authority to investigate crimes and make arrests in any city in their jurisdiction, they often act as a bridge between various municipal law enforcement agencies in that jurisdiction.